Classic, beautiful, and enduring, hardwood flooring has been a favorite choice amongst homeowners and businesses for decades. Not only is it hypoallergenic and easy to clean, but it’s also stylish, durable, and long-lasting. At Giant Carpet One Floor & Home in Salt Lake City, Ogden, Orem, and Sandy, Utah, we have one of the best hardwood selections in the region.
Whether you want to elevate your home or business, this type of flooring will give your space a fresh, natural appearance. We proudly serve Salt Lake City and the entirety of Utah.
Each species is characterized by different hardness levels, shades, grain patterns, and more. For instance, natural oak floors are generally lighter in color and will help brighten your space and make it look more expansive. Different hardwood species are sourced from forests around the globe. Many hardwood flooring companies strive to develop their products from sustainably managed forests. If you’re interested in an eco-friendly floor, our experts can point you to the products that are certified for this.
Common wood species used for hardwood floors include:
Other more exotic species and unique wood floors include:
In addition to the species, hardwood planks can be styled in a variety of ways. From different hardwood colors, shine levels, textures, and plank sizes, there are many looks to choose from. For instance, we carry extra-wide and extra-long planks, along with shorter and narrower options. While wide planks provide a more traditional, vintage appearance, narrow planks can make a smaller space look bigger.
You can also buy unfinished or prefinished hardwood. Common finishes include oil and water-based polyurethane and hardwood oils. These create different levels of scratch and stain resistance, with polyurethane generally being tougher. Some are also healthier for your indoor air quality than others. For instance, water-based polyurethane and hardwood oils typically emit lower levels of harmful chemicals, known as VOCs.
Beyond the look of your floor, you can also decide between solid and engineered hardwood. Solid wood is made from a single piece of genuine hardwood throughout. Engineered hardwood planks are made with laminated layers of composite wood with a cut of real hardwood at the top.
Solid hardwood flooring can be refinished multiple times making it incredibly long-lasting. Solid hardwood can be an investment, but a worthy one nonetheless as it increases the property value of your home.
Engineered hardwood flooring is more durable than solid hardwood and can be installed in more rooms. Engineered hardwood is also more sustainable than solid since it uses less wood which also makes it more affordable.
Despite their differences solid and engineered hardwood flooring are nearly identical in look and feel so you can’t go wrong choosing either!
You can install hardwood flooring in a variety of places, but moisture levels and humidity can play a big role in how your hardwood will fair in certain rooms. Moisture and humidity can cause damage to your wood planks such as warping, buckling, and even shrinkage. Solid hardwood floors are more susceptible to this since wood is naturally moisture prone but engineered hardwood flooring fairs better under these conditions.
Solid wood floors are recommended for above-grade rooms that have low moisture and humidity levels. Engineered hardwood can go on all levels of your property and moisture-prone areas like mudrooms and hallways. This is because their design helps prevent the panels from expanding and contracting with humidity and moisture exposure.
Still, it is best to avoid heavily moisture-prone rooms when installing either type of wood, such as bathrooms, as heavy moisture can cause significant damage to either. If you’re really set on hardwood though our Hydrotek™ Waterproof Hardwood collection is 100% water-repellent and can handle kitchen and bathroom settings.
For the best selection of hardwood flooring in Ogden, Orem, Sandy, or Salt Lake City, Utah, we have you covered! Whether you want traditional dark wood colors or more modern options like multi-color wood floors, we have styles that you’ll love. Our experts are here to listen to your wood flooring ideas and show you the benefits of various products.
We carry a wide selection of premium options as well as incredible services such as installation and FREE estimates. To learn more, visit one of our showroom locations today or shop our hardwood selection online now!
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